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In Case We Die by Danny Bland - Now Shipping
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDanny Bland 21 Aug 2013 2:42 PM

Arrived last week, now signed by the author and shipping out from our mail-order department:

In Case We Die by Danny Bland

In Case We Die
by Danny Bland; illustrated with photos by Lance Mercer

248-page black & white 6" x 8.5" hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-675-1

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EXCLUSIVE OFFER: If you order the book direct from Fantagraphics by Monday, August 26, 2013, on August 27 you'll receive a code for a FREE download of the audiobook via email from Local 638 Records, with chapters read by a mind-blowing all-star lineup of music and cultural luminaries. See the full lineup here.

It wasn’t the pounding headache or the all-too familiar taste of blood in my mouth that woke me that morning, but the stink of cat piss. They all have cats. Cats and bad tattoos and mops of dyed black hair that reek of cigarettes and watermelon Bubblicious. They all have ripped fishnets and dark red lips and daddy issues.

This debut novel by Danny Bland follows a pair of musician outsiders who find themselves enmeshed in the drug scene of early ’90s Seattle.

Vulnerable to the high relief of heroin addiction, Bland’s characters — Charlie Hyatt and Carrie Finch — are unapologetic protagonists whose epiphanies are as blinding as their weaknesses. Finch, 21, beautiful and dangerous, drowns out the voices in her head and the consequences of a misled life with electric guitars, booze and petulant misbehavior. Her single abiding faith takes the form of an unlikely savior — ’60s psychedelic musician Roky Erickson.

At the ripe old age of 28, Hyatt attempts to make sense of the cards he has been dealt: a miserable job in a porn shop, a drug habit he cannot afford and the wildly unstable woman he had chosen to love.

Two damaged people can balance a seesaw for a long time, even finding the illusion of safety; but when one gets off unannounced, the other will fall. As Finch finds sobriety, her sanity and her relationship with Hyatt falter until an inevitable event brings the two back together a decade later.